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The Rights of Children in Cuba

By Yenia Silva Correa on June 6, 2018

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Cuba’s Constitution recognizes the elemental rights of every child, regardless of sex, race, or social origin, and does not leave their protection to institutional goodwill or individual charity.

This special interest in educating and caring for the young is nothing new for Cubans. Who is not aware that the annual infant mortality rate here is among the lowest in the world? Who doesn’t know that education is universally available and free of charge.

This commitment goes beyond the national framework. Cuba has been a signatory to the United Nations Rights of the Child Convention since 1991, and its precepts have been codified in laws regarding the corruption of minors. The country also adheres to international agreements established to protect children and adolescents from trafficking, prostitution, their use in pornography, and sexual abuse.

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New Cuban President Transforms Style of Government

By Patricia Grogg on May 23, 2018

Photo, Jorge Luis Baños

During his first month as Cuba’s president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, well on his way to gaining and maintaining the backing of citizens, shows signs of realizing that in order to govern he has to go out on the street, listen to the people, and take advantage of, rather than evade, the media.

With full press coverage, he was seen meeting with the Council of Ministers and going through a review of food programs, of renewable energy, of approving plans for preparing to celebrate in 2019 the half-millennium anniversary of Havana’s founding. And there was the press following him May 17 and 18 on a tour through districts of the capital.

“People comment that that’s the way it should be done, talking with people on foot, those who work a lot and don’t earn much. We hope he continues these visits, but there shouldn’t be any warning. That way he won’t be misled,” María Caridad told IPS. She’s an employee of a store in Old Havana and asked that her last name not be used.

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Repolarization, Repolitization and Reunification

By Adán Chávez Frías on June 3, 2018

Photo: Roger Harris

On June 6, despite the pressure on Latin American countries by Vice President Pence, the United States failed to secure the necessary votes to expel Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS) during the 48th General Assembly. Editorial

With the reelection of President Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan people undoubtedly have delivered a heavy blow to US imperialism and its allies.

There is now some concern in the White House about the rearrangement in the correlation of forces on the continent. Their decree of ending the cycle of progressive governments in the Patria Grande does not seem to be realized yet, because our heroic peoples continue in battle. With Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in the lead, we remain standing despite the brutal attacks from that system, in their “the superior phase of capitalism.”

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Letter of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Brazilian People

For two months I have been unjustly imprisoned, without committing any crime. For two months I have been unable to travel the country I love, bringing the message of hope for a better and more just Brazil, with opportunities for all, as I have always done in 45 years of public life.

I have been deprived of living daily with my children, my grandchildren, my great-granddaughter, my friends and companions. But I have no doubt that the real reason they put me here is to prevent me from sharing with my big family; the Brazilian people. This is what distresses me the most, because I know that outside, every day more and more families are going backward to living in the streets, abandoned by the state that should be protecting them.

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Venezuelan Elections: Chavismo Still in Power, US Still Belligerent, Media Still Dishonest

By Ricardo Vaz on May 29, 2018

It should be remembered that a lot of the claims of the election in Venezuela being fraudulent are coming from a president who won the U.S. election in 2016 with only 27% of the eligible population voting and getting only 46% of those who did vote. Editorial

In a climate of dire economic war/crisis and foreign aggression, Venezuelans took to the polls to elect their president and regional legislative councils. Chavismo won big in both contests, with president Maduro securing a second term until 2025. The international reaction from the US and its allies was already pre-scripted, and the dishonest coverage from the mainstream media was also to be expected. We take a look at the election, how the electoral system works, these reactions, and also share some observations after witnessing events on the ground.

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